• Hair Styling Sales Lack Volume in Europe

    Katie Rodgers, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets September 3, 2009
    || It has not been a good year for the Big 5 European countries with regard to hair styling as every country recorded losses. The recession has left its mark on this segment as the situation is even worse than back in 2007, when things initially started…

  • Mixed Hair Care Results in Western Europe

    Katie Rodgers, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets August 3, 2009
    || The fortunes of the European hair care sector have been mixed, to say the least, during the past year. France and Spain posted losses while Germany, the UK and Italy reported gains. Germany’s gain was the most impressive of all at 6.2% while Fr…

  • Europe’s AP/Deo Market Freshens Up Its Act

    Katie Rodgers, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets July 7, 2009
    || The Big 5 countries were, for once, united in their results when it came to the deodorant sector—sales rose in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK during the past year. France reported the highest growth at an impressive 10.1% while Italy…

  • It’s Been a Rough Road for European Body Care

    Katie Rodgers, European Cosmetic Markets June 9, 2009
    || It is fair to say that several countries in the European Big 5 took a big hit in the body care category last year. France, Germany and Spain each reported a drop in sales, while Italy registered only a 0.8% increase. The UK came out as the champion…

  • Buoyant Fragrance Sales Through Most of Europe

    Katie Rodgers, European Cosmetic Markets May 1, 2009
    || The mood is upbeat in women’s fragrances in Western Europe these days, as the UK, Spain and France all posted significant growth. In contrast, Italy posted slight gains, while sales in Germany were flat. France is synonymous with perfumes and…

  • Weathering the Storm in European Sun Care

    Katie Rodgers, European Cosmetic Markets March 31, 2009
    || Sun care has always been a category prone to changeable fortunes and the past year has proved no exception with mixed results across the Big 5. Italy, Spain and the UK all basked in the sunlight of value gains while France and Germany were given the…

  • Separating the Men from the Boys

    Katie Rodgers, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets March 3, 2009
    || Bucking the credit crunch in the male grooming sector, the Big 5 has grown in value terms in all countries in the past year. Some growth is much stronger than others but all are going in the right direction nonetheless. France and the UK had particul…

  • Facial Skin Care Sales Keep Europeans Smiling

    Katie Rodgers, European Cosmetic Markets February 5, 2009
    || The facial skin care market, a stalwart of the European cosmetics and toiletries industry, has remained buoyant during the past year. There was good growth in most areas, particularly in France, where the market grew an impressive 7.7%. The UK and Ge…

  • Cleansers Remain Afloat in Turbulent Water

    Cleansers Remain Afloat in Turbulent Water

    Katie Rodgers, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets January 7, 2009
    || On the face of it,  bathroom product sales have remained steady and most countries in Europe’s Big 5 registered some growth in 2007 due to much new product innovation. However, any growth has been very slim and Italy actually slipped by 1.…

  • Oral Care Marketers Have a Reason to Smile

    Katie Rodgers, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets December 1, 2008
    || There is certainly reason to be cheerful in the Big 5’s oral hygiene category in the past year with all five countries unusually posting an increase in both value and volume terms. This is positive news indeed in an increasingly unstable Europe…

  • Most Markets in Europe Have a Colorful Future

    Most Markets in Europe Have a Colorful Future

    Katie Rodgers, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets November 7, 2008
    || It has been a good year on the color cosmetics front with sales up in all of the Big 5 countries (France, Germany, the UK, Italy and Spain). In particular, Germany and the UK registered very positive growth with gains of 10% and 8.7%, respectively. &…

  • Despite an Economic Decline The Spa Market is Bubbling

    September 30, 2008
    || Harvey Fishman has a consulting firm at 34 Chicasaw Drive, Oakland, NJ 07436, hrfishman@msn.com, specializing in cosmetic formulations and new product ideas, offering tested finished products. He has more than 30 years of experience and has been director of research at Bonat, Nestl� LeMur and Turner Hall. He welcomes descriptive literature from suppliers and bench chemists and others in the field.

  • Hair Styling Sales Fall Flat in France, Germany Italy

    Katie Rodgers, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets September 3, 2008
    || The French, German and Italian hair styling sectors posted somewhat lackluster performances last year, with most areas recording a dip in both volume and value terms.     After a gain in 2006, sales in France last year slipped back t…

  • European Hair Care Sales Gains are Modest at Best

    Katie Rodgers, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets August 4, 2008
    || The hair care markets across the Big 5 experienced mixed fortunes last year. Two countries, France and the UK, actually posted declines, and while Germany, Italy and Spain’s hair care markets did climb, they posted only modest growth.  &nb…

  • European AP/Deo Market Just Keeps Rolling On

    Katie Rodgers, European Cosmetic Markets July 1, 2008
    || Overall, 2007 was a successful year for the Big 5’s deodorant market with gains registered in all countries. The UK, Germany and France all came up smelling of roses with decent growth, while Italy and Spain posted more modest gains. However, i…

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